This Sunday: Misconceptions of Providence, Part 3: It’s All God or It’s All Me

Sunday, 24 May - 9:30am

In this sermon series we’ve talked about how the Lord is working in every little detail of what happens in our lives. That can be a profoundly comforting thought but, in other moods, it can make us feel like it doesn’t matter what we do. If it’s all in God’s control, then our decisions mean nothing, really. In other moods, it can feel like God is just some distant force (if He’s there at all) and it’s entirely up to us to figure out what we need to do with our lives and what God is doing or not doing is largely irrelevant to our daily lives. The teachings of the New Church provide another option for how to understand this.

This service will be streamed on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live where there will be a live video from about 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to start.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 12 minutes before the service starts (9:18) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.

This Sunday: Misconceptions of Providence – 2 – Coincidence? I Think Not!

Sunday 17 May - 9:30am

This week we continue our series on misconceptions about Divine Providence. There are moments when something so unlikely and unexpected, and yet so wonderful, occurs, that we cannot help but see is as the hand of God at work in the world. But if God intervenes so forcefully in the world sometimes, it serves to highlight the many times when He does not (apparently) intervene. Why is one person miraculously spared from cancer, while thousands of others are condemned to die? The truth is that God’s Providence is not just at work in the unlikely and the obvious ways we see. His Providence extends to each and every moment of our lives, even down to the most mundane. He is never absent.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 10 minutes before the service starts (9:20) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.

New Church Day Banquet at Home

Saturday, 20 June - 5:30pm for 6pm

This year is the 250th anniversary of New Church (the beginning of the New Church was the 19th of June 1770) and it would be sad to pass that milestone without observing it. So we will have a New Church Day Banquet at Home on Saturday, the 20th June. (The date has been changed from…

This Sunday: Misconceptions of Providence, Part 1: If It Happened, It Was Meant to Be

Sunday, 10 May - 9:30am

We’re starting a sermon series on misconceptions about Divine Providence. Often when something difficult happens we want to know why—why did this happen? Sometimes the answer that people come to is that “it was meant to be”. But is that true? What does that even mean? How should we think about all the different things that happen in our lives?

This service will be streamed on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live where there will be a live video from about 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to start.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 15 minutes before the service starts (9:15) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.

This Sunday: The Tabernacle, Part 3: Wrapped in Garments of Salvation

Sunday 3 May - 9:30am

As we have seen in the past two sermons, the Word’s description of the Tabernacle is, spiritually, a description of the many complex things that make up our lives. This week we look not at the Tabernacle itself, but the clothes that the priest had to wear to be able to work in the Tabernacle. These garments stand for the ways that we weave love and goodness into our outer lives so that we can truly reflect the Lord’s work in the world.

This Sunday: The Tabernacle, Part 2: A Model for Life in a Complex World

Sunday, 26 April - 9:30am

This Sunday we’re talking some more about the Tabernacle—the mobile worship centre that God told the Children of Israel to build. If you read about the Tabernacle you can quickly become overwhelmed by the complexity and detail. Why is it so complicated? Well, life is also pretty complicated and in this complicated explanation of the structure of the Tabernacle we can find a model of how the Lord can help us to deal with the complexity of life.

The service will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live. You can also watch the service later at that same link. Find more information about the service here: Worship and Connect Online.

This Sunday: The Women at the Tomb

Sunday, 12 April - 9:30am

This Easter Sunday we are going to be focussing on the women at the tomb. Mary Magdalene, Mary (who had given birth to Jesus), and some other women were the first people at the tomb on Easter morning. And Mary Magdalen was the first person to see the Lord in His resurrection. Why was this and what can we learn from this about what in us will be most able to see and believe in the risen Lord?

The service will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live. You can also watch the service later at that same link. Find more information about the service here: Worship and Connect Online.

This Sunday: Rejoicing in Hope

Sunday 5 April - 9:30am

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the crowds greeted Him with joy. Yet at that point, nothing had changed: after merely looking around, Jesus left the city again to spend the night on the Mount of Olives. The joy and hope of the crowds was only realized after the events of Jesus’ capture, trial, torture, death, and resurrection. Even so, the joy of Palm Sunday is an important part of the Easter Story. Many of us, I am sure, are feeling that we have little to rejoice in at the moment: we have a long struggle ahead of us. But even if we cannot rejoice in the conclusion of this process yet, perhaps we can rejoice in the hope that the Lord will lead us to victory.

Good Friday Holy Supper Online

Friday, 10 April - 9:30am

We will be offering Holy Supper remotely on Good Friday this year because we can’t gather in person at the moment. The service happened live at 9:30am on Friday, 10 April. You can still participate in the service by watching a video. The video is 21 minutes long and available in 3 sizes – large…